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Page 22 • MICEBTN - M AY 2015 BALI, InDOnESIA BALI, InDOnESIA new Bali resort to sell units HONG Kong-based New World Hotels & Resorts is to open its first Indonesian property – in Bali – in 2017. New World currently has properties in mainland China, Hong Kong, Vietnam and the Philippines. Built and owned by Indonesian devel- oper PT Mugie Bali Indah, New World Grand Bali Resort will be located on the southern Bukit Peninsula as part of a large project that includes a waterpark, golf course and other venues. The resort will have 328 guestrooms, suites and grand suites and every suite will feature individual decks and plunge pools. There also will be 85 one to four-bedroom residences whose owners and guests will have access to an exclu- sive club and pool. In addition to the residences, all suites and some guestrooms will be offered for individual sale, with ongoing man- agement by New World. Taking inspiration from a Balinese mountaintop retreat, tiered gardens will step down in the manner of Bali’s iconic rice paddy terraces. The resort’s landscape will be cloaked in forest flora interspersed with meandering pathways and the property’s indigenous building materials will include an abundance of natural lava rock. The sound of water will provide a backdrop throughout the property with waterfalls, pools and streams around every corner. Water-based recreation is to the fore, new World Grand Bali Resort, now under construction including a main swimming pool with huge deck overlooking the coast and a secluded, cliff-encircled beach. On the web: www.newworldhotels. com An ‘island of marathons’ joined by the trails of the Bali Mountain Bike event BALI has become firmly established as a marathon destination, albeit one where the accent is more on fitness and fun than on gritted-teeth competitiveness and global series points. Another marathon building an inter- national reputation is the Bali Mountain Bike Marathon, organised by Jim- baran-based Bali Cycling, an operator of biking and other eco-tourism activities. It will be held on June 7, with compet- itors spending the previous afternoon at a technical meeting. Bali Biking says it has set up the mar- athon to support green tourism plus a “social responsibility to develop cycling sport in Indonesia”. The 80km Cross Country Marathon will follow a spectacularly scenic trail through the Batur Caldera. The area around Batur Mountain and Batur Lake has a number of walking and mountain bike trails covering a variety of terrain: Forest floor, hard- packed red mud, volcanic sand, lava cobbles, gravel and broken tarmac roads. These will provide challenges not only to participants in the main mar- athon but also those in the shorter junior options.